JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Trevor Rosenthal had a pain-free spring training debut and Michael Wacha pitched three effective innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-4 tie with a Washington Nationals split squad that was called after 10 innings Saturday.
Groin pain prompted the Cardinals to sideline Rosenthal for a few days this spring, but that wasn't a problem Saturday. The hard-throwing closer said he's nearly in regular-season form following his first Grapefruit League appearance.
"It kind of feels like I haven't skipped a beat since last year," said Rosenthal, who assumed the closer role late last season and saved four postseason games. "I'm pretty close to being season-ready."